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Impact Coaching Cycle and Coaching Strategic Instruction

Our district has SIM coaching goals for all teachers in our secondary schools.  I felt that these two sessions really helped with me to think and reflect on the work we have been doing and where we are going in the area.  We are always striving to improve and make coaching more personal for the teachers.  I will take the information I have learned and work with my other coaches as we begin the reflection process for this year and start to plan for our work next year.  
bfenwick Almost 6 years ago

Coaching focus

I really enjoyed both the Impact Coaching Cycle and Coaching Strategic Instruction sessions. Coaching is such an important part of the work I do. I've seen Jim Knight a number of times and always get something out of his presentations. I really liked the direct application of coaching SI and the way we have moved from always doing big training "events" to provide PD in routines/strategies to making the learning more personalized and directly applicable to the learner. All the sessions were excellent and I missed being there in person this year!
virginia5492 Almost 6 years ago


Each session provided ideas, thoughtful suggestions and useful information for my classroom.  I definitely want to further explore Fusion Reading and Differentiated Visual Tools.  However, in many ways the session involving 
Word Mapping and the Vocabulary Lincing Routine gave me the most "meat,"  It served as a refresher for the use of both the strategy and routine.  Plus, I came away with ways to use them together, and a deeper insight intoWord Mapping.
lhogan About 6 years ago

Word Mapping

This session provided clarification of when to use Word Mapping and LINCS. Word Mapping is more intense and comprehensive, so it may have the most impact on domain specifc vocabulary which would be considered Tier 3 words. High ultility words may be taught through LINCS or Word Mapping. Regardless of the strategy, we were reminded that instruction needs to be explicit, tap into multiple modalities and connect to academic expectations.
pegeegan About 6 years ago

I was able to put to use strategies from the Scientific Argumentation session the very next day.

bokrainetz About 6 years ago

Dr. Kingston illuminates the need for re-thinking assessment and authentic learning, affirming our fundamental passion to help all students.

Dr. Kingston's journey in conceptualizing "Useful Assessments" and "Dynamic Learning Maps" involved criss-crossing not only the physical geography of our country, but the intellectual and educational landscape of learning and assessment. He speaks of assessment not as a product but as a process that is firmly embedded in an elegant context of relevance and responsiveness to student needs. This understanding challenges the status quo of traditional educational testing models. We are invited to resist the urge to parse out the latest buzz words to make a case for new ways of thinking about assessments .  Unfortunately, the massive machine of standardized testing along with menacing political accountability systems cast a long shadow over the efforts of practioners to develop nuanced, personalized and effective approaches to reaching learners at all levels. For many of us, we feel that trying to change the system is like trying to turn the Titantic by all leaning to one side, the most likely result being a chilling dip in the drink. It is encouraging to hear about the important work being done to create an "Informed Instructional System" with input from educators to create learning maps, tools, resources and communities for engaging in continuous improvement. Dr. Kingston said, "Now that we have so many maps, maybe children won't get lost." And educators, too!
pegeegan About 6 years ago

It was really useful to see a side by side comparison of Xtreme Reading and FUSION Reading.

kucrl Over 6 years ago